The IGS UK is the UK chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society.

The aims of the IGS UK chapter are to collect and distribute knowledge about geosynthetics & their applications by facilitating conferences, symposiums, evening presentations & research in order to promote the advancement of the state of the art of geosynthetics & to improve the communication and understanding of geosynthetic products between designers, manufacturers and users of the products.

Upcoming Events

IGS UK / ICE: Lessons Learned from Forensic Investigation of Yeager Airport Reinforced Soil Slope Failure @ ICE Online
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Title: Lessons Learned from Forensic Investigation of Yeager Airport Reinforced Soil Slope Failure

Speakers: Dr Jim Collin, Ryan R. Berg.

Thursday 5th November 2020
Online lecture starts at 18:30.

Construction of this 67-metre-high reinforced soil slope (RSS) was completed in December 2006. After seven years in-service, a tension crack was observed at the top of the slope. In March 2015 this RSS structure catastrophically collapsed. The structure collapsed in a compound failure mode; as the failure plane passed beneath, partially behind, and partially through the reinforced soil mass. The RSS collapse occurred after 8.3 years in-service as the shear strength along the shale-claystone foundation interface decreased and approached the fully softened strength. This webinar will cover the forensic investigation performed, the causes of the failure and lessons learned.


IGS UK / YGG: The Many Faces of Reinforced Soil Structures @ Online (MS Teams)
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Title: The many faces of Reinforced Soil Structures

Speakers: Dave Woods, IGS UK & Huesker UK Ltd.

Tuesday 17th November 2020
Online lecture starts at 18:00.

The use of soil reinforcement to create retaining walls and steep slopes is the best known and documented area of geosynthetics. For many sites however the assumption is that this will mean a well graded granular fill material or a specific face finish. This presentation will look at the wider range of fill materials which can be used to provide greater cost and environmental benefits and the huge range of aesthetic finishes achievable with proper detailing and quality construction.

This meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event on Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Team Live Event Link.

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POSTPONED – IGS UK Symposium: 6th National Geosynthetics Symposium @ Etihad Stadium
May 3 – May 4 all-day


Following the Government guidance following the COVID-19 outbreak we have reluctantly had to postpone this event. This event will be rescheduled for 2021 with details to follow in due course.

International Geosynthetics Society

IGS UK is the official United Kingdom Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).


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